Colonial autonomy and cold war diplomacy : Hong Kong and the case of Anthony Grey, 1967–9


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Recent literature has explored the substantial autonomy Hong Kong enjoyed under British imperial rule in the post-war period. We are, however, left without an understanding of the precise parameters in which colonial authority could be exercised autonomously, and how and why it could be compromised. An investigation of the imprisonment in Beijing of British Reuters journalist Anthony Grey from 1967 to 1969, in retaliation for the arrest in Hong Kong of journalists for their part in the 1967 disturbances, demonstrates that the extensive autonomy of the Hong Kong authorities could be compromised if colonial policy contravened British foreign policy objectives towards China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-587
Number of pages21
JournalHistorical Research
Issue number245
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


Bibliographical note

The article was adapted from an M.A. dissertation submitted to the University of York in 2013.

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